Dellroy science class’ slime project pairs learning with fun

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Third grade students in Carrie McNutt’s class at Dellroy elementary are enjoying an excellent start to the new school year.

Throughout the first few weeks of school, students put a lot of emphasis on following rules, procedures and directions. They also are working on creating a positive classroom atmosphere where all students feel valued and are able to work together to reach a common goal.

McNutt said these skills are especially important when conducting scientific experiments such as the most recent experiment, making “slime.”

“The students were provided a list of ingredients and instructions,” McNutt said. “They were challenged to read and follow the directions, communicate effectively with their partner and record the results.”

McNutt said the experiment is the kickoff to a new science unit which teaches that matter has specific properties and is found in all substances on earth.

McNutt and her students are sharing the recipe for “slime” so others can try the experiment at home:

Supplies: 4 oz. Elmer’s glue 2 disposable cups Food coloring 12 oz. water 1 teaspoon Borax powder 1 plastic spoon 1 zip baggie

Directions 1. Mix 1 teaspoon Borax in 8 oz. of water in a cup; 2. Stir until the Borax is dissolved; 3. In a separate cup, mix 4 oz. of glue and 4 oz. water; 4. Stir until combined. 5. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to the glue mixture; 6. Mix until you have the color desired; 7. Stir one solution into the other solution; 8. Your slime will begin polymerize immediately; 9. The slime will begin to get hard to stir, but continue to stir as long as possible; 10. Remove the slime from the cup and mix with your hands; 11. Play with the slime and then store in a zip baggie.